Naples in Italy, is the capital of the Campania region. The city is the third most populated municipality (city proper) of Italy, but the second metropolitan area, after Milan. It was founded between the 7th and 6th centuries BC by the Greeks and was named Neapolis, which means new city. Because of its vast artistic heritage, the historic centre of Naples has earned the UNESCO World Heritage Site denomination. Its territory, particularly the iconic sight of the gulf of Naples (but also Mount Vesuvius, the music, etc. ) is recognized abroad as on of the most powerful symbolic images of Italy. However, many Neapolitans do reject such stereotypical portrayal.
Both Naples and the locally Italian Napoli are acceptable; either way, it's a derivative of the ancient Greek name Neapolis, which means new city. The Greeks first established the city and inhabited the region long before Roman times.
The most widely spoken language in Naples is a mixture of Italian and Napulitano (Neapolitan). Neapolitan is sometimes described as an Italian dialect, but may be considered a separate and sometimes unintelligible language. Neapolitan does not enjoy any official status, but it does have a rich literary tradition and it is still thriving in Campania and adjacent parts of Lazio, Abruzzo, Basilicata, Molise and Calabria. This said, the official language of Naples (as of all of Italy) is Italian and practically everyone speaks it. Neapolitan has strong Spanish and French influences originating from the their occupation in the area. Therefore, some Spanish and French words may be understood by the locals, more so than in other parts of Italy. English is the most commonly spoken foreign language, although the average knowledge of English is extremely low.
From the airport you can take a bus for €3 (called Alibus: ) which has two stops only: Stazione Centrale (Central station) and Piazza Municipio, near the main ferry port (molo Beverello). You can buy your ticket on the bus. Further connections are listed on this page of the official website of the airport:
If you have time to spare, you can take the 3S bus that will take you to the same stops as the Alibus for a cheaper price. The difference is that the Alibus has limited stops but the 3S will take you to the backstreets leading to the Stazione continuing all the way to the port and a shopping district. Also, the Alibus is airconditioned whereas most 3S buses are not.
Beware of illegal, unauthorized taxis and of anyone who may approach you directly. Authorized taxis are clearly visible at the exit; fixed fares exist for a number of destinations, and must be clearly shown in the cab. Make sure they are before getting on the cab and threaten to call the police ("polizia") should the taxi driver try to push back.
The main station is Napoli Centrale - Piazza Garibaldi Station, connected to the Naples subway system. The bus R3 from the Piazza Garibaldi in front of the train station will take you within three blocks of the ferries at Stazione Marittima. Other stations include Mergellina, a magnificent Art Déco building and Campi Flegrei.
Cruise ships dock at Stazione Marittima, a large terminal located right in the city center, near Piazza Municipio.
MedMar Group operates several large ferry/passenger ships that connect Naples with Sardinia (Olbia), Corsica (Porto-Vecchio), Tunisia (Tunis), and the Aeolian Islands. These trips usually leave in the late afternoon or evening and arrive at their destination the next morning.
Naples is directly connected with Rome by the A1 highway, and the trip takes generally less than 2 hours. Due to traffic jam and parking shortage in city center, it's advisable to leave your car in a parking lot near the motorway exit or your accommodation, and to use public transportation
Many national and international private bus services operate in Naples, generally stopping at Piazza Garibaldi or Piazza Municipio.
Be forewarned: Traffic in Naples is nuts. It is the place where the social order breaks down and it is every man for himself (the traffic lights are usually ignored). You will find cars double and triple parked. Cars going the wrong way down one way streets. Traffic around the train station is nuts. Before attempting to cross the street, observe the locals. The idea is to spot a gap in the traffic and start across and hopefully people will stop. If this fails look for a pretty girl or a mother with young kids and let them run interference for you. Good luck!
There are several ways to see Naples and the surrounding area. These include by taxi, train/subway, bus.
Taxis are the quickest way to see Naples, but also the most expensive. Before getting into a taxi, make sure it is licensed. Licensed taxis will have a city crest on the door and a taxi number. Also, make sure it has a meter. By law, licensed taxis must display a list of pre-agreed fares in a number of languages (Italian, English, French, German, Spanish). Check the presence of such fares and agree to them before starting the journey.
It is fairly difficult to get a clear picture of the public transportation system in Naples, since different lines are operated by different companies. Nonetheless, one can buy a daily pass for three Euro valid on all vehicles. With an €1 ticket, instead, you can travel for 90 minutes on as many lines as you want (Bus, subway, funicolare).
Metropolitana di Napoli . There are six lines of underground subway in Naples. They are generally safer than the other public transports, because they are always monitored by cameras and security officers. The most important:
Linea 1, built recently, connects the city center to the hill quarters, like Vomero and the hospitals area. Avoid passing through Piscinola and Secondigliano as those areas can be very dodgy and dangerous.
Linea 2, much older, connects the three main train stations to Pozzuoli. The tracks are shared with the ordinary railway
Linea 6, a new light subway connecting Fuorigrotta to Mergellina.
Buses . ANM also operated all bus lines within Naples, most of which are circular. Naples suffers from a serious problem of traffic jam and usually buses are overcrowded, so if you can (unless in the evening or on the weekend) try to avoid them.
There are three different regional train services that operate in Naples and the surrounding areas. They are listed here:
Circumvesuviana. The Circumvesuviana railline operates out of the basement of the main train station at Piazza Garibaldi and has different routes that service the local Naples area. One route goes from the train station to Sorrento with several stops in between, including Pompei Scavi and Ercolano. A second route travels around Vesuvius. Other routes go to Acerra and Nola-Baiano. The Circumvesuviana website has more information on timings, routes and cost of tickets.
Cumana. This railline that operates from Montesanto in Naples and follows the coastline for approximately 20 km before ending in Torregaveta (Bacoli). The Cumana runs the urban centres of Montesanto, Fuorigrotta, Bagnoli, Pozzuoli, Arco Felice, Baia, Fusaro before reaching Torregaveta.
Circumflegrea. This railline also starts in Montesanto and ends in Torregaveta. However, it runs along the western edge of Naples through the districts Soccavo, Pianurat, Quarto Flegreo, Licola and Cuma. It also approximately seven kilometres alonger than the Cumana. because the Cumana and Circumflegra start and end in the same places one can quickly transfer from one train to the other. Both services are owned and operated by the same company and more information can be found at the S.E.P.S.A website .
Regional Trains. In Addition to the aforementioned trains, Trenitalia operates regional trains from Naples to Salerno.
There are several ferry/hydrofoil services that connect Naples and local ports/islands. Ferry and hydrofoil services leave from either Molo Beverello, Mergellina or Pozzuoli. Some then of them are listed here:
Metro del Mare has several lines that connect Naples and Sapri; Bacoli and Salerno and Sorrento; Monti di Procida and Salerno; and, Amalfi and Sapri. Besides the main stops the ferry service also connects many smaller communities. The Metro di Mare webpage has schedules, timetables and location of ticket counters.
AliLauro has a hydrofoil service that connects Naples with the islands of Ponza, Ventotene, Prochida, Ischia, Capri and Eolie, and the towns of Formia, Castellamare, Sorrento, Positano, Amalfi and Salerno. Alilauro operates from both the Molo Beverello and Mergelina.
L.N.P. operates both hydrofoil and boats lines. It connects Naples with Sorrento and has other lines connecting Capri, Sorrento, Castellamare, Salerno, AMalfi and Positano. Schedule and timings can be downloaded from the L.N.P. website.
Some may find the conditions of many buildings and streets, and the rampant graffiti, off-putting. Others claim this is "the immense character and culture of Napoli...and even the dirt and grime has its own flavor...a Neapolitan recipe for reality, and great fun". Just do not expect the pristine conditions of many other major European cities.
Most sites in Campania (including Pompeii) accept the Campania Card for tourists (free entry). Some cards also include a pass for the local public transportation.
Castel dell'Ovo at Porto Santa Lucia Naples' known port with the Egg Castle on a small peninsula. The castle currently houses the Museum of Prehistory.
Castelnuovo (Maschio Angioino) A huge medieval castle at the shore which houses the main city museum featuring various collections, but most importantly a picture gallery (with focus on 19th Century Italian painting).
Museo Nazionale di Capodimonte - Napolitan National Gallery, a must-see! Displays the Burgia, Farnese and Borbon collections with mainly Renaissance and Baroque Italian painting. Among the famous artists on display: Tizian, Giovanni Bellini, Annibale Caracci, de Ribera and Giordano. A beautiful park surrounds the museum.
Museo Archeologico Nazionale - Naples Archeological Museum houses wall paintings and different objects removed from Pompeii, Herculaneum, and other excavation sites in the area. In addition, you can admire the Farnese collection of Roman sculptures (including the famous sculptures of the Caracala Baths). E9.00 for admission. European citizens pay € 6.5, children get in for free. There is also an audio guide available talking about the statue collection on the first floor, however most of the amazing artifacts such as original Roman murals of mostly Greek mythologies are not covered. All descriptions of the exhibits are in English and in Italian.
View of Margellina (from via Orazio or via Petrarca)
Certosa di San Martino A Carthusian monastery at the top of a hill near the city centre. It houses the Museum of City History.
Parco Virgiliano A nice park with a stunning view of the surrounding area. It is about half an hour off the city centre, but certainly worth the effort! Not to be confused with the Park in which Virgil's Tomb is found.
Piazza del Gesù and Piazza S.Domenico Maggiore The New Jesuite Church is among the most extravagant Baroque churches in the world! Across the street you will find the Santa Chiara Monastery . It is worth a visit for its beautiful garden decorated with frescos and coulorful columns. If you continue towards S. Domenico Square you will pass by the St Angelo on the Nile Church with its Donatello's altar. The Sansevero Chapel nearby is also well known for its marble sculptures of veiled figures.
Catacombe di San Gennaro Medievil catacombs on Capodimonte hill.
Duomo Naples' main church with two luxurious chapels. Underneath it you can find excavation of a Roman site. Near the duomo you can find the St. Gennaro Treasury Museum, with arts exhibits from the duomo and another heavily frescoed chappel.
Piazza del Plebiscito Naples' main square. Surrounding it you will find the Royal Palace (Palazzo Reale - open to tourists), the San Carlo Theatre and the Galleria Umberto.
Acquario - Villa Comunale A park near the shore with Europe's first public aquarium in its centre. Nearby is the Cortes Museum of Applied Arts. La Casina Pompeiana in the park is home to changing exhibitions focusing on photography.
Galleria Umberto A shopping passage from the 19th Century.
Raccolta Mura - Museum of the Napolitan Song
Piomonte di Pieta' in Palazzo Carafa A Manierist church and a picture gallery. Open only on weekends.
Textil and Clothing Museum Elena Aldorandini
Museum of Music History at the San Pietro a Maiella Conservatory. Exhibits important manuscripts of the Scarlatti family.
Grotta di Seiano An artificial cave underneath Posillipo. It leads to an ancient Greek theatre.
Pizzacomes from Naples. Look for pizza margherita, the original one, with tomato, basil and fresh mozzarella toppings. Eating a pizza in Florence or in Rome is not the same as eating it in Naples! In Naples every pizzeria makes a good pizza, but the original one is made by the pizzerias that expose the label "Vera Pizza Napoletana"( there is a Pulcinella mask ovening a pizza in a stylized Vesuvio). All the pizzerias that expose this label, are consortied for offering the real standard pizza. But if you want to eat pizza where the real Napolitans go, go to Pizzeria Brandi, (Chiaia Str. closer to Plebiscito Square), where the pizza was born (a stone is exposed outside the restaurant explaining the hystory of the first pizza)", also there is Da Michele (Via Cesare Sersale, 1-3) or Trianon a Forcella (Via P. Colletta 46, it's just in front of Michele). These pizzerias make the authentic pizza, but be careful because they are located near Forcella which is not the safest part of Naples. So don't wear your Rolex when you go there!!! In particular, Michele has a unique feature: they only do pizza Margherita or Marinara (just tomato, garlic and oregano, and a splash of oil, of course!). They say that these two kinds are the original pizza, if you add too much toppings you'll lose the real taste of the pizza, that is very simple, made only of a good, thin base, good tomato, and fresh mozzarella (if this is the case). Some others places very popular among the Neapolitans are almost all the pizzerie in Via dei Tribunali: in particular Di Matteo (# 94), Il presidente, Sorbillo, and his sister, a few doors away (informally known as "la vecchia", the old lady, from the owner of the pizzeria, a very small places with only 4 or 5 tables, that looks like a pizzeria of 50 years ago - very hard to find, but it's worth it!) It's easy to find a good pizzeria, just look for one without tourists!
Neapolitan cuisine in general features much seafood, befitting its status as an ancient and still functioning port. You will find many sauces based on garlic sauteed in extra-virgin olive oil, tomatoes, and local red wines. Some of the sauces are arrabbiata ("angry") or fra diavolo ("brother Devil"), which means they will contain hot pepper. It's a great cuisine. Enjoy!
Mozzarella is also typical of the region, you should not miss the opportunity to taste the fresh real one!
The city and region are also famous for their pasticceria (pastries), (Babbà,Zeppole,Sfogliatella, and more; this latter is often filled with ricotta cheese) among the best are:
pasticceria Scaturchio in Piazza San Domenico Maggiore adjoining to Piazza del Gesu' (San Domenico Maggiore square adjoining to Jesus' Square) old typical pastry of Naples;
Bar Riviera Very good sweets, from 'zeppole' to 'sfogliatelle' passing through 'babà'. Riviera di Chiaia, 181 - 081 665 026
Struffoli and Roccocò is the typical Christmas sweets. jaka Pastiera is the typical sweet of Easter: anyway you can find it all year long. It is made basically of ricotta cheese melted with steamed corn and sugar, and then baked.
Naples is becoming increasingly popular with a younger generation of both Italians and foreigners. In spite of reports of adverse conditions, they flood into the city and lend renewed vitality to its nightlife. The hippest scene is around the bars and cafes on Piazza Bellini, Piazza Santa Maria la Nova and Piazza San Domenico Maggiore, becoming busy after about 11PM.
Accommodation in Naples is normally cheaper than in Rome or northern Italian cities, but quality may vary a lot. It is not uncommon to encounter hot water shortages, short power outages, and less than luxurious bed and bath linens. Also don't expect a full-sized bathtub in reasonably priced hotels. You may not even get a shower stall in the bathroom, but a drain hole that is in the center of the bathroom with a toilet, a sink, and a shower head along the plain tiled walls. Breakfast may include weak orange juice (tasting more like powdered orange drink), hard rolls and an assortment of hard meats and cheeses. Nothing mentioned here is meant to discourage, but to help you view your experience as an adventure in Italian culture.
6 Small Rooms Hostel & Guesthouse, Via Diodato Lioy 18, tel: +39 0817901378 email@example.com . A great hostel with private rooms right in the middle of the historical center of Naples. Clean, cozy and friendly. Cooking facilities, English speaking staff, DVDs, fridges, book exchange, tourist info and maps. It can be difficult to find, so give them a call.
Hostel of the Sun, Via Melisurgo 15, tel: +39 081 420 63 93 . Newly refurbished hostel in the centre of town. Clean, friendly and conveniently located for the ferries. Open 24 hours with all facilities expected from a great modern hostel. Good kitchen, breakfast included, knowledgeable and multi-lingual staff, DVDs, satellite tv, small library, free Internet, etc. Bed €18, double €55, ensuite double €70, triple €80, ensuite €90, quadruple €90.
Hotel San Giorgio Napoli - Via Alessandro Poerio, 9 (Central Station) - renovated 3 star hotel near the central railway station. 61 air-con rooms with colour SAT TV, fridge-bar, direct dial telephone, hairdryer.
Hotel Speranza, Via Palermo 31, tel: +39 081269286-99n, . Has seen better days and not in the best neighbourhood, but it's clean, cheap, and close to the train station. €45 for a double room with bath.
La Terrazza Holidays House, Sorrento, tel: +39 3383033219, . Near Naples, in Sorrento is Holidays House La Terrazza. Gracious house on the Sorrento Hills that offers tranquillity and a wonderful sea view. Located at just 2 Km from the centre of Sorrento. Four-roomed apartment of 110 sq mt for max 11 sleeps. Panoramic exclusive sun terrace of 70 sq mt with sun beds and sun umbrellas. Car park.
Potenza Hotel, Piazza Garibaldi 120, tel: +39 081286330 . The perfect and cheap place to visit Naples and all the beautiful places around, starting from down town. At just 5 minutes walking distance from the central station of Napoli.
Residenza Echia - B&B Napoli e Residence Napoli, Via Chiatamone nr. 37 - 80121 Napoli, +39 3349072597 . Rents Apartments in Naples for short and medium periods. Renting of apartments, furnished and equipped for every comfort. For a comfortable and convenient stay in Naples .
Hotel Eden Naples Italy Corso Novara, 9 - Naples - Italy Tel +39 815546666-285690 - Fax +39 81281983 EMail: firstname.lastname@example.org Hotel Eden is a new hotel, opened at the beginning of November 2005 after a massive, general reconstruction ideated by the architect Raffaele Zucchi , design engineer of the twin building Hotel Clarean http://www.hoteledennapoli.it/
Hotel Clarean Naples Italy Piazza Garibaldi , 49 - Italy (NA) Tel. 0039/81/ 5535683 / 5634828 - Fax 0039/81/ 5634463 EMail: email@example.com a modern and trendy hotel, opened from september 2004 respecting the enviroment and every confort for the customers' satisfaction. http://www.hotelclarean.it/
Art Resort Galleria Umberto Napoli Galleria Umberto I , 83 - 80132 Napoli Tel.081.4976224 . The art Resort galleria Umberto is a preciousness set into an Historical monument in the heart of Naples. A recent opening luxury 4 stars Hotel in the famous galleria Umberto I. Thought and furnished with a patrician house stile of the XIX century, The Art Resort is both a rarity to be discovered and a typical Neapolitan Baroque environment.
B&B La Corte, Via Cesare Battisti 30 Sant'Antimo (Naples) tel.+39 081 505198. In old building is in the heart of the little town of Sant'Antimo, 10 km. from Naples. Run by an artist whose atelier is on the round floor. The rooms are autonomies, with private bathrooms, and air-conditioned. Doubles from €60.
Caravaggio Hotel Napoli Piazza Cardinale Sisto Riario Sforza n 157 Napoli Tel +39 081 2110066 . Caravaggio Hotel is the only 4 Stars Hotel in the historical centre of Naples, located in the core of Naples; In the old neighbourhood, at few meters from the Duomo/Cathedral, the reliquary and the Treasure of San Gennaro, and San Gregorio Armeno. Metro lines are at 200 Mt. as well as the Archaeological Museum and the Museum MADRE.
Charming International Hotel, V. le Generale U. Maddalena 35/37, 80142 Napoli. This was first a farmhouse in the XIX century, but has recently been remodeled into the hotel that it is today. The locale is great, with only a 5 min walking distance from the Naples Airport. The hotel is closely connected to pretty much every area of touristy and business interest. The hotel is also only 8 km from the rail station, as well as 9 km from the seaport. There’s a minibus that comes around that will take you to Piazza del Municipio, where here you can visit all kinds of historic churches, monuments, museums, and other places of interest in Naples.
Hotel Cavour, Piazza Giuseppe Garibaldi 32 Central station area. The Hotel Cavour is a comfortable three star long-standing traditional hotel, renovated. Near the historical sites - Decumano Maggiore. It enjoys central position, garage at 20 mt., 93 rooms, 10 de luxe suites with air conditioned and minibar, all rooms with satellite tv, direct telephone dialling. Two restaurants serving delicious Neapolitan, regional and international dishes.
Hotel Cimarosa, Via Cimarosa, 29, +39 081.5567044, Fax: +39 081 5782852, . The Hotel Cimarosa is an elegant hotel located on the hillside of the chic Vomero neighborhood, one of Naples' most fascinating districts, famous for the shopping streets, the Sant'Elmo Fortress, Villa Floridiana and many other important Naples' monuments.
Hotel Del Real Orto Botanico, Via Foria 192 Historical Centre. The Hotel Del Real Orto Botanico, situated a mere two kilometers from Capodichino Airport. The property is centrally located in an old building in front of the Real Orto Botanico. The hotel is a few steps to the Historical Center. http://www.hotelrealortobotanico.it/
Hotel Ideal, Piazza Garibaldi 99, +39 081 269237, Fax: +39 081 285942, . Right near the central train station (about 100 meters). Hotel is clean and cheap, staff are friendly and helpful. Breakfast included.
Hotel Micalò Napoli, Riviera di Chiaia, 88 - 80122 Napoli, Tel. +39 081 7617131 . Micalò is on the shores of the magical Bay of Naples, at the very heart of the historic city. Almost hidden on the 2nd floor of a 17th century palazzo, Micalò has been crafted out of the natural white stone of Southern Italy to create an atmosphere of calm, serene luxury.
Hotel Nesis Napoli, Via Nuova Agnano, 5 - 80125 Napoli Italy, Tel: +39 081 7620024, . Four stars Hotel Naples, superior category, exceptional quality-price ratio, comfortable and soundproof rooms, satellite TV, internet, minibar, air conditioning. Rooms of superior quality compared to the 3 stars Hotels in Naples.
Hotel Nuovo Rebecchino, Corso Garibaldi, 356 - 80142 Napoli Tel. 081/553.53.27 . The Hotel Nuovo Rebecchino is a three star hotel and one of the oldest in the city of Naples. Recently restored, it is fitted with every form of comfort. The tradition of hospitality, professionalism and focus placed on the client are the grounds on which the Gentile family has lovingly run this hotel for more than a century.
Hotel Prati, Via Cesare Rosaroll 4, Located in Piazza Principe Umberto, the town historical and commercial centre. The hotel is close to the airport and to the motoway turn-offs, is 200 m from the railway station and 1 km from the railway station and 1 km from Molo Beverello, 43 rooms, provided with bathroom, shower, telephone, central heating, bar and TV. Restaurant 70 seat dining-room. Staff speaks English, French, Spanish and German.
Hotel Splendid, Via Manzoni, 96, Tel. +39 081.7141955 Fax +39 081.7146431, . Hotel Splendid in Posillipo alto is in Naples' hill famous for its wonderful view. Single, double and triple rooms are available equipped with Internet connection, TV, telephone, minibar and air conditioning.
Hotel Toledo Napoli, Via Montecalvario, 15 - 80134 Napoli. Tel/ Fax + 39 081 406800. . Situated in an ancient three stories building dated 1725, with elevator, in the new modern style of furnishings. Hotel Toledo is in the center of Naples, close by department stores, offices, banks, and characteristic local markets. It is an excellent base for travel, with hydrofoils connections to : Capri, Ischia, Procida and Sorrento.
Le Chemineè Business hotel Napoli, Via Stadera 91, 80143 Napoli tel ; +39 081 5846651, . Le Cheminée Business Hotel was restored and transformed in the building that originally housed the old "Stingo" ceramic factory and was active in Naples from as early as the end of the Nineteenth Century, into an elegant, very modern 4 star hotel with a notable leaning towards being a Business Hotel.
Migliodoro Park Hotel Ercolano, Corso Resina 296, Ercolano (NA) Italy, tel +39 081 7399999, .Herculaneum 4 star superior Hotel. The hotel is the result of the restoration of Villa Aprile just 40 m from the archaeological digs of Herculaneum, halfway between Naples and the Amalfi coast, 10 minutes from Pompeii.
Pamaran hotel Nola, Via Madonna della Stella, 7 Nola (NA), tel: 081 5105724 .Pamaran Hotel, in the historic medieval city of Nola, just 25 Km from the Partenopean capital city. Beginning in 2000 at the wish of Famiglia Minieri, the Hotel soon enjoyed the recognition and consensus of many business travelers and tourists visiting in our region, enjoying the hospitality facilities, thanks to the nearby highway hubs A1/A16/A30, of the most important architectural, archeological sites and cultural camping areas.
Phlegrean Fields Park it's the better choice for a relaxing vacation or a cultural trip discovering the beautiful monuments of Naples and all around lands of Phlegrean Fields. Double Room from €50/night breakfast included.
Tribù B&B, Via dei Tribunali, 329. Tel. +39 081 454793; 338409913, firstname.lastname@example.org, . Located in a quiet patio bang in the middle of bustling spaccanapoli, Naples' old town, this tasteful bed & breakfast also doubles as an arts showroom. Breakfast is served on a nice terrace by the couple of young architects that own the place. Rooms €60-100.
Hotel Garibaldi, Via P.S. Mancini, 11. Tel. +39 081 5630656, , . Situated on the edge of the city centre and near the central station. Rooms are spacious and very clean. Staff is friendly. Prices begin from €60 for a double room with bathroom, sat-tv, save, aircon and breakfast (which is typical Italian).
Hotel Paradiso, +39 081 2475111, Via Catullo 11, Located on a hill (Posipillo - Airport is 10 kilometers away which is around €30 by cab.
You can sustain shops and businesses that fight against racket (also called "pizzo") going shopping there.
Naples has vibrant markets and many small shops that sell everything from clothes to household appliances at prices much lower than in most of Western Europe.
Up Date July 28, 2008: The Garbage Crisis is over for now. The garbage has been picked up throughout the city and surrounding areas and things are back to "normal" in Naples. Now is the time to visit as most tourists appear to be staying away.
Naples is a gritty and in many parts impoverished city. Its bad reputation regarding safety is owed both to organized and non-organized crime. The local mafia (camorra in neapolitan language) poses no threat to tourists, but petty thievery and muggings definitely do. Do walk around, but be watchful, avoid empty streets and dimly-lit alleys at night and keep your wits about yourself.
Whoever comes in Naples has to take some generic precautions:
Do not leave valuables laying out in the open (e.g. bar tables) where they can be snatched by thieves.
Do not flash around money or other valuables.
It is advised not to carry a purse as it can be snatched or "picked" by thieves.
Do not wear an expensive watch (Rolex especially).
Do not wear expensive or flashy jewelery.
Do not use a costly camera or video camera.
Do not wander down small dark alleys/streets, especially in the Spanish Quarter.
Pay attention to fake public service vehicles.
Be careful around the main train station as there are many thieves in the area. The Piazza Garibaldi, the large square in front of the station, is no place to spend more time than necessary, especially at night.
In Naples you can buy over-the-shoulder packs that are excellent as they allow you to keep an eye and firm grip on your valuables.
Some persons pretend to offer images of old Napoli, or others things, as gifts. But then they expect payment.
Pay attention to people who want to involve you in false road accidents.
It is advisable not to wear football shirts of Juventus FC, AC Milan, Internazionale Milan, AS Roma, SS Lazio or Fiorentina. Neopolitans support SSC Napoli, who have big rivalries with those clubs.
Context Naples , +39 06 48 20 911, +39 06 48 20 911, daily, An organization of scholars who lead in-depth walking tours of Naples's museums, architecture, and history as well as excursions to Pompeii, Herculaneum, Paestum and the Campi Flegrei. City walks include Archaeological Museum, art of Naples, and a pizza-making workshop.
There is fast express train service to Rome and points north, as well as points south. Naples is the ultimate terminus for the FR7 line of the Rome commuter rail network, which runs from Roma Termini to Minturno-Scauri, Sessa Aurunca-Rocca or Naples. There are also local Italian Railway trains to Pompeii, but for such short distances, it is easiest to take the Circumvesuviana commuter train.
Reggia di Caserta - A huge 18C royal palace and hunting lodge designed by architect Vanvitelli and rivaling Versailles. Magnificent, enormous park with lakes, rivers, statues, fountains and marvellous views. By train from Naples to Caserta (about 40 minutes journey).
Tour the excavations of Herculaneum and Pompeii nearby to the south of Naples. Pompeii is 40 minutes via the Circumvesuviana train (Sorrento line, here: is the timetable , click on the station where you are getting the train) from the Naples Central train station.
From Pompeii, take a bus to Mount Vesuvius, and hike to the summit. Mount Vesuvius is the only active volcano on the mainland of Europe.
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